una·nim·i·ty | \ˌyü-nə-ˈni-mə-tē \

Definition of unanimity 

: the quality or state of being unanimous

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unanimity


accord, agreement, concurrence, concurrency, consensus, unison


conflict, disagreement

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Examples of unanimity in a Sentence

in a rare moment of unanimity the club members decided to throw a party for themselves

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There have been subsequent reports and testimony and unanimity of conclusions about the role the Russians played — not just tried to play, but played. Washington Post, "Mueller’s new indictments put the pressure on Trump to act," 17 Feb. 2018 Normally, unanimity in the House of Commons is reserved for uncontroversial topics. The Economist, "A culture war comes to Westminster," 5 July 2018 For this listener, Francis’ tempi are almost always a little too fast, sometimes nearly breathless, but the end result of his unanimity with his orchestra is, in a word, marvelous. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mainly Mozart orchestra, led by Michael Francis, closes 30th season with impressive Mendelssohn," 24 June 2018 Whether the same unanimity exists over North Korea is extremely doubtful. The Economist, "How Iraq was deprived of its weapons of mass destruction," 5 July 2018 Macron has suggested, like Merkel, solutions by willing countries to make progress now since unanimity among the 28 member states will be difficult. Steven Erlanger, The Seattle Times, "Europe struggles with migrant crisis as leaders toughen stances," 25 June 2018 But over the past year a different type of political activism has shattered the unanimity normally seen among demonstrators, said longtime Portland resident Jon Baldivieso. Fox News, "Violent skirmishes between Antifa, right-wing activists draw national attention to Portland, Oregon," 9 June 2018 John Kirton, the head of G-7 research group at the University of Toronto, said this marks the first time in G-7 history that there was no unanimity on a communiqué. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Trump Says U.S. Won’t Endorse G-7 Communiqué, Threatens Auto Tariffs," 9 June 2018 Buoying Trudeau's tone change is near-unanimity in Canada about the tariffs. Josh Wingrove, chicagotribune.com, "Trump appeasement fails, so Trudeau takes the gloves off," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of unanimity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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not any or not one

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